Advisory Board

 
 
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Gwen Griffin

Emeritus Director and Founding Board Member

Gwen is the founder and CEO of Griffin Communications Group, a full-service communications and branding firm serving the global aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries. Her team has worked with industry leaders such as Blue Origin, Boeing, the Coalition for Space Exploration, Virgin Galactic, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Orbital ATK, World View Enterprises, Korn Ferry International’s Energy/Chemicals Practice, CVR Energy, Bodycote, U.S. Zinc and more. Earlier in her career, she held positions such as Director of Marketing for NASA-Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Public Relations/Promotions Manager for Space Center Houston NASA’s visitor complex at the Johnson Space Center, and Area Marketing Manager for Southwest Airlines. Gwen focuses her volunteer time supporting workforce development and STEM education. She serves on the executive committee of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Space Center Houston board of directors, and is the current chairman of the College of Sciences Dean’s Advisory Counsel at the University of Central Florida.

 
 
 

Dan Bena

Dan is an award-winning executive who served as PepsiCo’s Corporate Water Steward, and led the Sustainable Development agenda for PepsiCo Global Operations, using the power of the private sector to help both business and society flourish. He has served on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network; the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of IFC’s 2030 Water Resources Group; Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate; the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum; and the Board of the International Society of Beverage Technologists. Bena completed a three-year term on the Board of the Washington-based US Water Alliance, and currently serves on the Board of the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit using media and the arts to develop agents of positive social change. Their signature program, called Rock Your World, engages middle and high school students in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provides them the tools with which to become creative activists. Bena was selected as a mentor for the ThreeDotDash.org program of the We Are Family Foundation; a judge for the University of Notre Dame Corporate Adaptation Prize; and as an advisor to the social enterprise start-up, Keela. He was invited to provide testimony to the US Senate, and keynoted the United Nations Youth Assembly to over 1,000 youth delegates from over 100 countries. Bena received the Light Up the Night Award from the Julia B. Andrus Foundation for youth advocacy and engagement and was recently named a “Global Goals Local Leader” by the UN Association for his role in the partnerships which have provided over 16 million people with access to safe water, thereby helping to advance the SDGs.  

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Mark Dombroff

Mark is a partner at the national law firm of LeClair Ryan. He has counseled and guided numerous airlines and aviation and other companies through accident/incident investigations, FAA investigations and civil litigation. Mark also handles numerous safety, enforcement and regulatory matters before the FAA/NTSB and other administrative agencies, including issues involving State, TSA, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury. Prior to entering private practice in 1985, he spent 15 years with the Department of Justice, where he represented the FAA, all of the military branches, the National Weather Service, the Coast Guard, NASA and other government-related aviation activities. For his last five years with DOJ, he was the Director of the Civil Division responsible for three offices, 100 lawyers and all aviation and admiralty matters both worldwide and involving the United States. He founded The Airline Symposium in January 2007.

 
 
 

Simon Glinsky

Simon founded The Glinsky Group in 1990 to transform business performance through leadership development and business strategy management consulting. As an Internet entrepreneur, he co-founded several companies and programs including Match.com, distance-learning services, a healthcare institute, Embark/Princeton Review and Clean Power Finance and was previously with McKinsey & Co., IBM and Wharton. Simon hails from a Cuban-American family and has been an active educator, training the world’s leading MBAs in the Interpersonal Dynamics Program at Stanford Business School as a Senior Facilitator. His avocations include playing the violin and serving as a classical radio program guest host. Glinsky graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, attended The University of Edinburgh and earned a Stanford University MBA.

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Song K. Jung 

Song is a partner at Dentons and co-chair of the law firm’s U.S. Intellectual Property and Technology practice, where he guides a national team of attorneys and patent agents. His practice covers all aspects of patent law, including patent prosecution, litigation, validity and infringement opinions, licensing, technology transfer, patent acquisitions and settlement negotiations. He has counseled clients through numerous intellectual property litigation matters covering a wide range of technologies and industries in national and international jurisdictions. Additionally, he regularly advises clients on Inter Parte Review/Covered Business Method Review and Ex Parte Reexamination. Song has continually been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine as one of the world's leading practitioners in patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Before practicing law, he was an electrical engineer at NASA, where he tested electronic components including analog and digital devices, memories and microprocessors for space flight projects.

 
 
 

Ronald Marks

Ron is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. national security community. A former CIA official, he was a clandestine service officer, as well as a Senate Liaison, prior to serving on Capitol Hill as Intelligence Council. Since leaving the government, Ron has maintained involvement with intelligence and related cyber matters as a member of various Intelligence Community advisory groups. As a member of the Board of Directors of The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security where he advises on cyber policy matters, Ron has also been a successful senior defense contractor and a software executive. He has been a Standing Committee Member of the CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project for the past 20 years. Ron is currently Professor of Intelligence and Cyber Studies and Chairman of the Intelligence Program at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Tim Robison

An active general and vascular surgeon in Oklahoma, Tim is also an entrepreneur. He was the vision and developer behind multiple physician-owned imaging centers, radiation centers, and clinics. He also spearheaded a physician-owned-and-operated, rural, 45-bed hospital, which was the first LEED/ENERGY STAR-certified hospital in the United States. He has been active in commercial and real estate development in Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona. Tim continues to actively pursue and launch product innovations in healthcare and oil and gas services technologies. 

 
 
 

Christopher Stott

An award-winning businessman, entrepreneur, and documentary filmmaker, Christopher (Chris) Stott is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ManSat, the world’s largest commercial provider of satellite spectrum. In addition to being noted as the creator of the Isle of Man’s space industry, he also serves as a Chair Emeritus of the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and is a faculty member of the International Space University. Chris is a founder of the International Institute of Space Commerce, where he routinely publishes and has been a published fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the International Institute of Space Law. A veteran of both US and British politics, Chris is active in many charitable causes from Geeks Without Frontiers to the AMAR Foundation, Challenger Centers the National Electronics and Communications Museum, and the United Space School Trust.

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